Upcoming Events

County Events and Workshops

Farmer Resource and Networking Day

Please join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Greater Franklin Food Council during The Farmer Resource and Networking Day. This is an opportunity for farmers, prospective farmers and community members to connect with Ag Service Providers and each other while learning about programs and services available to help support farmers.

Participants will hear talks from local farmer panelists and ag service provides such as, the Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Maine Farmland Trust (MFT), Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), UMaine Extension and others while enjoying provided snacks, refreshments and lunch. This event is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank and United Insurance.

This program is open to all but is focused on those with farming interests in Franklin and surrounding counties.

Registration is free but limited to 35 participants. Registration deadline Sunday, February 18.


GROWING SUCCESSFUL TOMATOES

Looking to take your tomato production to the next level? Learn the ins and outs of growing successful tomatoes in Franklin County. This class is most suitable for home gardeners and new farmers looking to extend their harvest and increase crop production and quality.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm Cost: $25

Register at: Franklin County Adult Education


Readfield U Learn something new!

Monday, March 4, 2:00-3:00 p.m Readfield Town Office 8 Old Kents Hill Road

An Overview of Climate Resilient Farming Practices Used in Maine

This class will focus on farming practices that Maine farmers are adopting to buffer climate changes, including soil health, tillage and cover cropping.  Ages: High school/Adult Gile Hall, Readfield Town Office 8 Old Kents Hill Road

WAYS TO REGISTER:

  • Sign up online at ReadfieldU.org OR
  • Send an e-mail to ReadfieldU@gmail.com giving your name, phone number and the
    class/classes in which you are interested. OR
  • Send a letter through the mail giving your name, phone number and the class/classes in
    which you are interested to Maggie Edmondson, 186 Chase Rd, Readfield ME 04355. OR
  • Leave a phone message at 685-4797 giving your name, phone number and the
    class/classes in which you are interested.

Composting 101

Wednesday, March 6 at 5:30pm at Lithgow Public Library in Augusta

Composting can be a sustainable way to reduce organics from the waste stream while creating a product that promotes healthy soils and plant growth. This presentation will focus on composting basics including the biology of compost piles, basic compost pile construction, composting systems for the home and garden, and compost utilization.

Classes are free, but space is limited. Please call 626-2415 and ask for the Reference Desk to register.


Organic Gardening: Basics

Come and learn the basics of sustainable and organic gardening with Amy LeBlanc. Whether you are transitioning from conventional to organic gardening practices or looking to sharpen up your organic skills, there will be lots to learn and discuss. We’ll cover the basics of soil science and how to enrich soil to produce healthy high yielding plants. We’ll take the mystery out of composting, talk about green manures and nutrient management, and get into the benefits of crop rotation. And since we all need to do garden troubleshooting, we’ll explore basic weed control strategies, common insect pests, and methods of natural insect control.

Dates: March 12 & 19 (Snow Date: April 2)
Tue for 2 weeks from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Approximately)

Cost: $25

Register: Region 9 Adult Education


Apple Pruning at Morrison Hill Orchard in Farmington

Saturday, March 16 (Rain date March 23)  From 10am -12pm
Registration is required and limited to 25 people.
Register for Apple Pruning

Join Nick Rowley and Bella Russo from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Chris and Jodi Hollingsworth from Morrison Hill Orchard to learn about pruning apples. Participants will learn pruning basics with a focus on pruning trees that have been lest unpruned for a time, learn about safe and ergonomic use of pruning equipment, and visit a commercial orchard. Registration is required and limited to 25 people on a first come first serve basis.

Suggested donation of $5-$10
For questions about the event or accessibility please reach out to Nick Rowley 207-778-4650 or Nicholas. rowley@maine.edu

Composting 101

Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Composting is a great way to keep organics out of the waste stream while creating a valuable soil amendment for use in your garden. During this class you will learn how compost works, how to utilize it and more!

Register at: Franklin County Adult Ed


Organic Gardening: Companion Planting

Adventurous Planting Techniques: Intensive and Companion Planting Learn how to combine two of the oldest gardening techniques: intensive and companion planting! Intensive planting has its own list of benefits, and it’s inspiring to add the additional benefits of companion planting. Explore how the combination leads to more beautify, and increased and more diverse harvest, improved habitat for wildlife and pollinators, and contributes to both water conservation and week suppression. We’ll also discuss how succession planting can fit nicely into the planting scheme, adding still more to your garden.

Date: March 26 (Snow Date: April 9)
Instructor: Amy Leblanc
Cost: $20

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Approximately)

Register: Region 9 Adult Ed


Herb Growing

Grow your own productive herb garden!

Learn how to grow, harvest, preserve, and USE a wonderful variety of culinary herbs. We’ll review how to grow herbs well, and then learn how to maximize your harvest by understanding the growth habits of each plant. Preserving your herbs, in many different ways, will then give you the pleasure of having them available year round! Resources will include recipes for easy as well as more complicated blends to enjoy!

Date: April 23 (Snow Date: April 30)
Instructor: Amy Leblanc
Cost: $20

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Approximately)

Register: Region 9 Adult Ed


For Gardeners, Farmers, and Community Members

Ongoing Opportunities


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